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Pancreatic Cancer And Vitamin A

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If like me you believe in making sure you take a regular in-take of vitamins to keep the doctor away (so to speak) you will be well aware of the benefits of vitamin A.

Some of the benefits we receive from vitamin A are it aids our vision. It is also responsible for healthy skin and keeps our mucus membranes working efficiently. The mucous membranes when clogged can cause ear infections, headaches, and sore throats, as well as bronchial and lung infections. Those are just some of the complaints the lack of vitamin A can do for you. It also helps with the growth of our teeth, and bones and can be used as a treatment for acne.

Sources Of Vitamin A are green vegetables, carrots, tomatoes, Full-fat dairy produce, fish liver oils, liver, kidney, eggs, apricots, and peaches.

It now appears that Vitamin A is not just capable of helping to keep our body topped up, researchers have found by injecting vitamin A into healthy cells surrounding cancerous cells helped to combat cancer. Check out the full story

Around 7,800 people are diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer each year. It is the fifth most common cause of death from cancer, accounting for 5% of all cancer cases. Read more on how this kind of cancer may be avoided, watch a video of how sufferers of this complaint cope day to day with such a devastating illness.


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Chromosome, dna

Gene and Depression

Chromosome, dna

Well it has been a long time in coming, but scientist have finally found proof that depression really is a medical problem and not just in the mind of the individuals who suffer this particular illness, as many in society think it is.

Gerome Breen is a Lecturer in the MRC Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre at King’s College London, researchers lead by author Gerome Breen studied 839 families with a history of the illness and have found a particular chromosome that could cause the disorder. This discovery also means those who suffer severe depression can look forward (if that is the right way to put it) to improvements in future treatment.

Author Gerome Breen was reported in the media as saying: “In many families, we found robust evidence that depression is linked to a region called chromosome 3p25-26”.

He went on to say “This finding is really interesting as it is possible for the first time we have discovered a genetic focus for depression.” The work of the researchers has been independently replicated at Washington University. Both studies are being published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Research back in 2003 was carried out on a gene called 5-HTT by Terrie Moffitt, professor of social behaviour and development at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London. The favourable outcome of this story is still online and can be read at BBC NEWS CHANNEL


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